Serving McDowell, Avery, Rutherford, Buncombe, Yancey, Burke, and Mitchell counties
Also known as CareNet Counseling of Marion, we are a compassionate, spiritually-integrated and community-based care organization affiliated with Wake Forest Baptist Health. As one of eight regions in the CareNet Counseling family, our center is committed to improving the mental health of our region and the counties we serve including: McDowell, Avery, Rutherford, Buncombe, Yancey, Burke and Mitchell.
We are supported in our mission by a highly-engaged board of prominent religious, business and professional leaders with one driving goal – making sure everyone in our community has access to our counseling services and educational programs regardless of their ability to pay.
Recognize the Signs – Depression Screening
In conjunction with the nonprofit, Screening for Mental Health, all of us at CareNet would like to encourage you to take advantage of this free online screening. And remember, dealing with depression is a road no one should have to walk alone. To take your free screening, click here.
A big thank you to all of our donors!
We deliver presentations to civic, religious and professional groups about topics related to mental health and whole person wellness. Please contact us to plan a presentation tailored to your specific needs.
We are actively engaged in the community developing programs in collaboration with key partners that address the intersections between mental health and food security, workplace wellness and addiction, and Sabbath practices of radical wholeness. Please check back soon for updates.
Kevin Parker, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Kevin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. He also serves as a clinical social work supervisor. Kevin earned his Master of Social Work degree and Child Welfare Certificate in 2010 from East Carolina University. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2006 from East Carolina University. He is a veteran of the US Air Force. Kevin is a general practitioner and provides services throughout the lifespan. His professional affiliations include The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). He currently serves as the director of CareNet Western Region.
Chrissy Binion, LCMHCA
Chrissy is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA). She earned a Master of Arts and Education Specialist degree in mental health counseling, as well as a Master of Divinity in 2018 from Gardner-Webb University. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and a minor in psychology from Appalachian State University in 2014. In addition to being a therapist, Chrissy is also the Minister to Youth and Children at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Grover, NC, where she has been since 2017. Prior to arriving at CareNet in August 2019, Chrissy was an outpatient therapist at a private practice in Shelby, NC for one year. Chrissy’s main interests in counseling revolve around helping to treat anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and life transitions, but has experience in other areas: grief and loss, separation and divorce, trauma, and many other mental disorders. She works especially well with teenagers but enjoys seeing adult and geriatric clients of all ages just as much. Chrissy encourages her clients to integrate their spiritual lives into counseling to receive the most holistic healing possible and often works through mindfulness, emotional regulation techniques, cognitive reframing, and narrative therapy. She sees her role in therapy as assisting clients in better understanding their bodies, perspectives, and relationships. Chrissy is originally from Winston-Salem, NC, and in her free time enjoys nature, coffee, and spending time with her dog, Cornbread.
Caleb L. Pusey, MDiv, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Caleb holds a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is also a graduate of Carson Newman University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Recreation with a minor in German. He has eight years of post-graduate counseling experience in clinical settings serving adolescents, emerging adults, early to late adults, older adults, couples, and families. Alongside his work as a psychotherapist, he has devoted close to 20 years of service as an outdoor educator and continues to instruct whitewater canoeing courses at the North Carolina Outward Bound School in Asheville, NC.
His life has been shaped by the social, cultural, and religious landscape of the Southern Appalachian bio-region since he was born. As a result, he is committed to both ecological well-being and human wholeness that grows outward, flows inward, and deepens in the context of trusting therapeutic conversations. His professional training and interests have focused on the practice of spiritually integrated psychotherapy, pastoral counseling from a critically post-modern lens, subtle-yoga, mindfulness based approaches to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, integrated dual disorder treatment, and trauma-informed modalities including EMDR and NARM. Caleb is currently practicing at our Asheville and Marion locations.
Rebecca Setzer, MA, EdS, MDiv, LCMHCA
Rebecca is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. Rebecca earned a Master of Arts and Education Specialist degree in mental health counseling, as well as a Master of Divinity in 2017 from Gardner-Webb University. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and a minor in psychology from Gardner-Webb University in 2012. She has completed one practicum and two internships totaling 832 clinical hours during her program at Gardner-Webb. Rebecca accepts clients of all ages. She believes in identifying the client’s motivation and desire for change. In therapy, she incorporates a variety of therapeutic interventions; however, cognitive-behavioral therapy is relied upon greatly for clients to make connections between their thoughts and behaviors. Rebecca also encourages clients to consider exploration of their spiritual life as one avenue of healing. Some therapeutic techniques Rebecca uses are: cognitive challenging, reframing, emotion exploration and mindfulness. Promoting self-efficacy, Rebecca believes that she is merely the facilitator of the client’s personal journey toward wellness. Rebecca has roots in the North Carolina foothills and enjoys coffee, books, piano and life-giving conversations.
Mark Siler – MSW, MPS, LCSWA
After studying history at Wake Forest University, Mark obtained a Masters of Social Work at East Carolina and worked in child welfare. Things took a turn when he was given the chance to be a Clinical Pastoral Education resident in Charlotte, NC, which he did for two years. It was in this pastoral role and realm that he found his place. Mark eventually completed a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, was ordained and found work as a prison chaplain in Marion, NC. From 2016-2020, he was the Associate Pastor at Haywood St. Congregation in Asheville, NC, a church that focuses on building community with those experiencing homelessness, unsupported mental illness, addiction and poverty. There, he witnessed up close the barriers that people with high levels of trauma and few economic resources face when seeking counseling support. With the encouragement of CareNet, he obtained his associate license in clinical social work and is now offering counseling to the Haywood St. community and beyond. He has a particular interest in the healing of trauma, the path of sobriety, and barrier-free/low-threshold counseling for anyone who wants it. When not involved in those endeavors, you would likely find Mark enjoying time with his wife and two adult daughters, running in the woods, reading a good book, tending to his family farm, taking a nap or playing the guitar.
Michelle Pupoh – Co-President
Natalie Gouge – Co-President
Nancy Oliver Wanamaker – Secretary
Kevin Griffin – Treasurer
Board of Directors
Rev. Dr. Scott Hagaman
Melanie Jenkins Dunham
Dr. Mark Burton
See The Difference We’re Making Across The Counties We Serve.
Please take a look at our impact report, and get the real picture on just how much of a difference our counselors and donors are making here in our community. It’s a story about supporting, nurturing and restoring the mental health of those in our community – those of us who need a little help along the way and realize there is a place like CareNet to turn to.
Click here to view our region’s latest Impact Report
New client forms – ONLINE SUBMISSION
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New Client Forms – DOWNLOAD & PRINT
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Client Rights and Responsibilities | download PDF
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Notice of Privacy Practices | download PDF
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Marion Center – Main Center
79 Academy Street
Marion, NC 28752
At CareNet we know everyone should be able to get the mental health care they need that’s why we’re inviting you to support our mission and help make it happen.
Remember, it’s because of donations from organizations, service clubs, corporations, foundations and individuals like you, that we’re able to provide these critical counseling services for the communities we serve here in the Western Region.
Please join us by giving the gift of mental health and help us help the children, teens and adults who need us most. Every gift makes a difference.
You can donate securely online through PayPal below with either a single gift or recurring monthly gift.
Giving By Mail
Please mail your donation to the address below with your check made payable to CareNet Counseling:
CareNet Counseling Center
79 Academy Street
Marion, NC 28752
Volunteer – An Invitation to Give Your Time & Talent
We always need volunteers to serve on our board and committees, as well as help in our office and at events. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at 828-559-0125.